In his home, Luiz helps by buying or selling in the market and running errands. He lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed and his mother is sometimes employed as a seller in the market. There are 3 children in the family.
For fun, Luiz enjoys soccer, art and walking. He attends Bible class regularly and is in primary school where his performance is average.
Please remember Luiz in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Luiz lives in the coastal community of Engenho Novo, home to approximately 2,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have tile roofs. The spoken language is Portuguese.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, chicken, bread, cassava, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include allergies, flu and worms. Most adults are unemployed but some work on plantations and earn the equivalent of $56 per month. This community needs suitable housing, stable job opportunities and improved agricultural systems.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Centro de Desenvolvimento Integral Renascer to provide Luiz with Christian education, medical screening, vaccinations, hygiene education, tutoring, computer, music and English classes and nutritious meals. The center staff will also provide Bible teaching, meetings and special celebrations for the parents or guardians of Luiz.
Encompassing the Amazon River basin, Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world in terms of landmass. The country occupies about half of the South American continent. About 90 percent of Brazilians live on 10 percent of the land, a 200-mile tropical zone bordering the Atlantic Ocean.
In addition to indigenous peoples, the country is home to Portuguese, Africans brought to Brazil as slaves and European and Asian groups that have settled there in the last century. The national language is Portuguese. Seventy percent of Brazilians are Catholic. Compassion works mainly in the northeastern and southeastern parts of Brazil. Like many of its South American neighbors, Brazil is struggling to balance the needs of its indigenous people with the desire to industrialize its nation.
Originally inhabited by indigenous people, Brazil was claimed by Portugal as a colony in 1500. Portuguese rule lasted until 1822, when the colony declared its independence and established an independent monarchy. The monarchy ruled until 1889, when Brazil became a republic. The new republic adopted a federative system of government, which it still maintains. Since 1995, when Fernando Henrique Cardoso became president, the country has seen a decline in the rate of inflation and has enjoyed sustained economic growth. Though economically ahead of many of its neighbors, Brazil struggles with high unemployment, a debt-ridden economy and rampant poverty.
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Child's Location: West of Recife